Understanding Functional Fitness

Understanding Functional Fitness

Functional fitness is a term that gets thrown around and applied to all sorts of stupid and dangerous practices that are anything but functional.

It's not hard at all to get me ranting about this topic.

Somehow, in the age of "if you don't post it on social media it didn't happen," people have co-opted the term to the point of it meaning nearly nothing.

Today, we will put some sanity back into the conversation.

What Functional Fitness is NOT

The hashtag #FunctionalFitness on Instagram can be a scary place. You will find folks standing on top of stability balls, attaching bands to all sorts of interesting places on their bodies, and generally doing their best to end up in a gym fails compilation video in the near future.

This isn't functional...it's dangerous.

What Functional Fitness IS

Functional fitness has been traditionally described as "training for life." 

Movements are chose based on their utility to really world applications. There is typically going to be a large component of core stability and strength as well. Movements that challenge rotational strength are very common.

You won't find a ton of isolation movements. 

Someone focusing on functional fitness is not likely to spend long afternoons posted at the preacher curl station.

The idea of functional fitness can be summarized like this: the goal is to use several muscle groups in concert through movements that feature relatively athletic positions.

Now that we have an understanding of what functional fitness actually is, tomorrow, we will look at several movements you can start to integrate into your training to start moving toward the functional fitness end of the spectrum.


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